Children have a lot of questions and fears when someone in their family drinks too much alcohol, especially a parent. When children don’t have answers to their questions, they tend to come up with their own, which can be incorrect and scary!
When a family member has an alcohol problem, it can easily become a secret that nobody talks about. All children need some explanation and support, geared to their age, to help them understand drinking problems.
Each parent and child’s first conversations about alcohol problems will be different. How you address the subject will depend on the child’s age and ability to handle the information. But children can often understand more than you might think.
This brochure will help prepare you to take the first step in discussing alcohol problems with your child (or another child you care about).
Alcohol problems in the family are complex. This brochure is not intended to replace professional help. Please get help from a professional.